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Discuss Special Interest topics - or begin your own community group

Our new discussion platform for IIC members is home to our Special Interest Communities - where you can talk in depth about specialist topics or emerging trends in conservation.

The site is at https://iiconservation-community.org/ If you are a member and have not received instructions for first login, please contact iic@iiconservation.org.  To gain full access to the new platform you will need to be a member of IIC. You can join IIC here  2020 - 21 membership, we will then send you the link to set up an account.

Getting started will only take only a few minutes - then explore topics, follow colleagues and join a conversation among conservators from New York to Beijing.

We have four themes:

Authenticity & Ethics

Led by IIC Fellows Jonathan Ashley-Smith (focusing on ethics) and David Scott (authenticity) who will explore the current state of debate in the profession. They will also ask questions such as how we make judgements when forced to choose between preserving original material and the traditional appearance of objects.

An online symposium will take place on 26 - 27 November 2020, Conservation and Philosophy: Intersections and Interactions. Registrations are open for IIC members here , with registrations opening for non-members on 31 August 2020. 

Following the symposium a special issue of Studies in Conservation is planned for 2021. Further information about the event and publication is avaiable on the IIC Community platform. 

Leadership

IIC's Executive Director Sarah Stannage alongside notable figures from the profession including Debra Hess Norris from the University of Delaware,  lecturer and facilitator in leadership Bob Norris, IIC Council members Rachel Sabino, Tom Learner and President Emeritus Sarah Staniforth, will be sharing insights and encouraging discussions with members on leadership. The community will explore changing ideas about what leadership looks like in the 21st century.

 For 2020 - 2021 we are offering  30 spaces for conservators and cultural heritage professionals to participate in a mentoring programme themed around leadership, supported by IIC Fellows and leaders from the profession.  Details on how to apply can be found here, the programme is open to IIC members only at this stage.

Conservation Data

Like every area of life, conservation is being transformed by the digital world and the insights of Big Data. At the same time, far too much knowledge is fragmented, inaccessible in institutions across the world. IIC Fellow and Reader in Documentation, Athanasios Velios  from the University of the Arts London, will be co-leading a discussion with Kristen St.John of Stanford University, on how we can use data more effectively to the benefit of our projects and our profession.

Further information including a engagement and consultation for a new policy document in 2020, as part of the Linked Conservation Data project funded by AHRC, can be found on the IIC Community platform here.

Sustainability

The IIC Special Interest Community for Sustainability, championed by Caitlin Southwick, Ki Culture and Sustainability in Conservation, and IIC's Executive Director, Sarah Stannage, will be organising a series of meetings,  webinars and initiatives with the help of our friends at Julie’s Bicycle throughout 2020 and into 2021 as part of a Sustainability and Climate Action Community Challenge programme #Together We Make The Future.

The #TogetherWeMakeTheFuture programme will engage participants with discussion points surrounding COVID-19 and sustainability and then explore solutions and ideas for how to move the profession forward in a sustainable way. 

Further details on how to take part and contribute can be found here. 

 

A responsive approach, led by members' interests and needs

These groups will be shaped over time by members' changing interests and emerging new issues. If you have an idea for a Special Interest Community and would like to lead, either alone or with another member, you can submit a proposal to IIC at iic@iiconservation.org .  We are really keen that our Regional Groups and members from band 3 and 4 countries are able to access and engage with our SICs.

We welcome short proposals (less than 500 words) for new SICs from any IIC member. A member may wish to take the lead in proposing a specialist theme and set up the community but then seek support from other members to help co-ordinate any proposed activities. 

  • SICs are open to all members of IIC who want to develop their knowledge and expertise and who can contribute to the interest area;
  • Communities can also invite non-members and representatives of other organisations to take part in some of its activities;
  • SICs can be time limited – in fact we recognise that some SICs may wish to exist for less than 6 months.
  • We encourage SICs to deliver meaningful outputs and outcomes, this could be by contributing articles that promote innovation or best practice to feature within IIC’s publications, including our digital bi-monthly publication News in Conservation.

Proposals should be submitted to iic@iiconservation.org and will be considered by IIC’s Membership Committee*.

*IIC will review SICs after a year and will also consider whether small amounts of funding can be made available to support SIC events and activities in the future. Funding would be made available via a direct application to IIC. Further information will be made available in due course.

 

Questions? 

You can also contact us at iic@iiconservation.org for further information.